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Help Mayor Gonzalez Name the New East Side Industrial Park

The City hopes to attract businesses to the Heights. The first thing those businesses will see is a name.

Last month the took more steps toward creating a big industrial park at 1700 Wentworth Avenue.

This park will start off with an 8,000 square-foot expansion of current facility. The project is also expected to include the construction of at least two 100,000 square-foot manufacturing centers and a third 60,000 square-foot manufacturing center.

With a preliminary plan in place, courtesy Ginkgo Planning, Mayor David Gonzalez said he hopes the redesigned area will attract manufacturing businesses to Chicago Heights while simultaneously building up a part of the lower east side to be a strong industrial zone.

“There’s a lot of talk that manufacturing has gone overseas, but I see it coming back,” Gonzalez said. "We've already got rails in that area. It's a perfect fit."

Gonzalez said the city is currently working with Ginkgo to create a brochure that will attract industrial businesses to the Heights, but he could use some help from residents.

What should we name this new industrial park? What would speak to the history of Chicago Heights and get the attention of outside businesses? 

Comment with your suggestions and the City of Chicago Heights will take your ideas into consideration. 

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NoOne Needs to Know June 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Panici, Gliottoni and Marshall were convicted in 1993 on all charges. Panici was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Gliottoni to five years, six months and Marshall to four years. Over the next several years, other Panici allies would also head to prison. Bloom Township Supervisor Robert Grossi was sentenced to four years in prison in 1996 for misusing township funds, and former Chicago Heights Deputy Police Chief Sam Mangialardi would get a 10½ year sentence for his 1995 conviction on charges that he accepted $10,000 monthly payments to protect the city's top drug dealer. Panici was not involved in either case.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. June 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I expected such a response ..... I will admit I did bot expect one that long. Never the less...... The Ford plant and Chicago water is here because of who???? What ever wrong he was convicted of, cannot and should not, distract us from the good he brought to Chicago Heights.
Faith June 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I think New Heights is a good name because it will take Chicago Heights in a new direction - hence New Heights! Think of all the new things that can be acheived with a new direction/opportunity!
NoOne Needs to Know June 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I prefer to live in a city that DENOUNCES corruption. I don't care how much a person contribute, when you are convicted of this much corruption and malice, he deserves NO SUCH honor of anything being named after him. I would hope the citizens of Chicago Heights would want better government than that. Apparently, Mr. Wiggins you don't mind a little corruption in your government.
NoOne Needs to Know June 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I also would like to know how you attribute the Ford Plant to Panici since it was built and opened in 1956.
Marvin Daily June 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I guess that's a no on "Southland Rising"......lol.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. June 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I would never promote any corruption. Ford plant was annex into Chicago Heights under Mr. Panici. I realize this may upset people ..... but it is my suggestion for a name for an industrial park. I did not mean to upset anyone.
jason amos June 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
How about the "Money Pit"
Christopher Paicely (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Hey Marvin, The mayor has said he will consider all suggestions. Don't count yourself out just yet!
Susan Paus June 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
LOL! -Jason and Joel! How about we not name it after ANYone - then it would appeal to more, in a broader sense :)
Marvin Daily June 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Thanks Christopher! Lol! I think 24 hour security should definitely be in place there as well, Im talking Armed guards....the eastside is no joke.
Mary Kudlo June 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Made In America Industrial Park
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. June 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I really like that Mary Kudlo!
The truth June 13, 2012 at 04:30 AM
The mayor thinks the jobs are coming back from overs seas. Well just in case he doesn't know the jobs coming back pay a lot less than the ones that left and these jobs have less benefits. But all these politicians think is quantity not quality of these workers life's
Ron Brown June 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The plant was in unincorporated Cook County until it was annexed to Chicago Heights under Mr. Panici's administration. Personally I think he took the fall for the crimes of others, but that's not important. He's been out of politics for 20 years, and I think it would be best not to name this park after an individual.
Dan June 15, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Yea, better to have no jobs than lower paying ones. What about the idea of putting people to work, allowing businesses to grow so they can afford to pay reasonable wages rather than suffocating them with taxes and unions. The trouble these days is no one wants to sacrifice to get ahead. How's that for some truth? The best thing that can happen to Chicago Heights is new industry. The City sorely needs revenue. A plan for development is good. A name may not be as important as a clean professional appearance. Take a look at what Sauk Village is doing on Sauk Trail. There is new, big industry in the south suburbs. I applaud Dave for going after it. I like "STATE STREET INDUSTRIAL PARK"
jason amos June 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Won't ever happen. It will be another area like the old McDades,Peter Levin,and the land next to the old Kostas Deli empty and a eye sore. What are the plans with the old Hacenda Inn?How long will that stay a eye sore.
Dan June 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Here's the thing. At this time like most of the south suburbs, Chicago Heights is not a ideal spot for retail. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a Neiman Marcus to open on Joe Orr road. The area is prime for industry. The State Street location is attractive with close rail, trucking and expressways. it is a way to create jobs and revenue.
jason amos June 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I hope so Dan we really need it,this town is in need of something besides empty lots,overpaid employees,and consulting firms that don't do a thing.
ERNIE ROSSI June 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
HERE IS THE TRUTH, CHICAGO CIRCA, AL CAPONE, WAS CONTROLLED BY THE MOB, THEN AND FOR MANY MANY YEARS. IN ALL THAT TIME, THE HEIGHTS WAS THE PLACE TO LIVE, WE HAD EVERYTHING, SHOPPING, THE LINCOLN DIXIE, NORTOWN, THE BEST RESTAURANTS THAT ATTRACTED MOVIE STARS, THE MOB MADE SURE THAT IT STAYED THAT WAY, SURE, IF YOU MESSED UP THEY KILLED YOU, BUT VERY FEW PEOPLE MESSED UP AND YOU THINK AFTER THEY CLEANED UP DA HEIGHTS AND ARRESTED THE "CROOKS" IT BECAME A BETTER PLACE? NOT! OUR GOVERNMENT SCREWS UP AND MURDERS MORE PEOPLE THAN THE MOB EVER DID. THE HEIGHTS WAS CLEAN, I REMEMBER LIVING @ 228 E. 23RD ST AND LOOKING THEOUGH A TUNNEL OF TREES, LIKE A CAVE. BEAUTIFUL YARDS, HOMES AND GARDENS. LEAVE IT UP TO THE GOODY TWO SHOE POLITICIANS TO SCREW IT ALL UP. I'LL TAKE A DISHONEST MOBSTER OVER AN HONEST POLITICIAN ANYTIME, AT LEAST THE MOB HAD HONOR, POLITICIANS DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT HONOR IS!
jd nailer June 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The East Heights Industrial Park.
jason amos June 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Ernie you couldn't have put it any better.
Mark June 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Well, while we are on the subject of a politician's honor lets ask some questions about what they are doing with this industrial park. "Industry is returning to the US". Not significantly. Some new industry is growing here but it is high-tech and not in the midwest and certainly not in Cook county's tax base without a lot of incentives which essentially represent pledging most of the future tax revenue from such developments in order to get them to come. Since the mayor is an intelligent, educated professional we have to assume that he has looked at the numbers on this situation and understands that. In other words the statement that industry is moving back to the Heights with the implication that we are going to return so some halcyon former glory is less than honorable. As Art Wiggins points out this space is not large enough to attract real industrial development. And the comparison with Sauk Village is an excellent one-- that park has much more space and is therefore able to attract larger and plants and in spite of that cannot be said to be wildly successful. The Mayor knows that as well. So if this new industrial park is not designed to do what they say its for what is it designed to do? Give the Mayor some headlines without actually costing the city too much money. So, on further reflection, I think the Gonzales Industrial Park is a excellent name. 20 years from now when the situation is unchanged people should remember who's boondoggle it was.
Edward Husker June 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I don't care what a park is named! All I know is this, when I remember growing up in Da' Heights in the 70's & 80's when Panici was in office I never felt safer in this city. Ever since Ciambrone and the mayors after him took over they have ran the city down. It all started with busing in those people from the Chicago projects and it just got worse from there. I don't condone what Panici did during his time in office, but I know when he was in office I never had to worry about gangs coming onto the north side of the city. I went into Olympia Plaza last week & I felt like I was in a store from a broken-down ghetto area from the city. The store was not the problem, it was the ghetto hood-rats that were in there cussing and yelling all over the plaza. I use to love that plaza as a kid, now I do everything I can to avoid it. I want to leave this city, but I'm stuck, who's going to buy my house in this city? No one wants to move into this, they want to move out. My house has lost over $25,000 of its value since I moved in eight years ago and another house just went into foreclosure on my street, that will really help the value of my house.
jason amos June 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Ed don't worry we have a industrial park coming,and more empty lots the Mayor continues to buy with money this city doesn't have. This city is 5 years away from being Ford Heights.
Edward Husker June 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I just don't know what to say or do anymore about this city. This city is run down and beaten-up. No good businesses want to come here, why would they? It's not safe. It's not any one person's fault, it's a lot of people who are at fault. I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but how did Panici and his people keep this city so safe and businesses thriving? Why were we able to have safe fests and fireworks withouts gang fights and gunshots? What happened? There is no safe area anymore in the city, any area is fair game for the gangs and hood rats. How do gang signs end up on the back of Country Squire and in the neighborhood behind it? How?!?!?! Because the home have lost so much value over the years that any scumbag who can write his name and get some type bs loan moves into a house, stays for awhile, rips up the place, stops paying whatever crappy government loan they had and then the house goes into foreclosure, the bank takes over and the another scumbag comes in, buys the house for even less and cycle starts over...ridiculous. Makes me sad to say I'm from here.
Mark June 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Ed, Panici and his people also had a different time to deal with. And it is unlikely that CH in those days was as much of a paradise as people remember. Part of what has changed is your eyes-- they have gotten older and more sophisticated. Remember the Jones center opened in 1910 to fight crime and poverty on the East side. it is 100 years later and the East side is still the center of crime and poverty. In your youth (and mine) we saw less of that because we didn't know what we were seeing. BTW I did appreciate one part of your analysis. The administration is telling me that all the crime in CH is due to renters and recent move-outs from the City which seems very unlikely. You seem to be saying that at least some of the "scumbags" are homeowners, a level of reality that the administration seems capable of denying. Part of the change is the decline in the employment base. Those manufacturing jobs left for macro-economic reasons that I do not believe the "industrial park" has the power to change. Another part is the movement of the retail districts to Matteson and Homewood which did a better job of accommodating the change to big box retail and got the sales tax increment as a result. Combined with the delayed effect of corrupt government which spends in excess of its income and skims a little here and there this results in a city budget which is in the red-- further reducing the services rendered and creating a less desirable area as a result.
Susan Paus June 24, 2012 at 07:48 AM
...For what it's worth, our small part of Saratoga Farms is pretty good..! We've been watching out / calling the police whenever there's any problem, and we nip it in the bud.. so now, it's pretty quiet and pleasant here! There are other such areas in the Heights here and there, that are also nice. The whole town is not trashed! Just sayin' :-D
Queen Wilson December 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM
City corruption park
Mark December 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Actually I've said a lot of bad things about the City but I don't see evidence of corruption in the sense of taking payoffs, etc, in the current administration-- only politics as usual and a lack of a vision.

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